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Franklin Park Reading Series: “Love Will Make or Break You”
Feb 8, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm| Free
As this pre-Valentine’s Day reading, hear tales of joy and heartbreak from fiction writers Robert Lopez (Good People) and Tony Tulathimutte (Private Citizens), memoirist Mira Ptacin (Poor Your Soul), and poets Robin Beth Schaer (Shipbreaking) and Tommy Pico (absentMINDR). Toast romance with $4 drafts, enjoy sweet treats, and enter a raffle for the authors’ books.
ROBERT LOPEZ is the author of two novels, Part of the World and Kamby Bolongo Mean River, and two story collections, Asunder and Good People. Among other places, his fiction has appeared in the American Reader, BOMB, Brooklyn Rail, Hobart, Indiana Review, Literarian, Nerve, New York Tyrant, Vice, and the Norton anthology Sudden Fiction Latino. He lives in Brooklyn and teaches fiction writing at The New School, Pratt Institute, and Columbia University.
MIRA PTACIN is the author of the memoir Poor Your Soul. She is a creative nonfiction and children’s book author whose work has appeared in Guernica, NPR, New York Magazine, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Tin House, The Rumpus, and more. She teaches memoir writing to women at the Maine Correctional Facility and lives on Peaks Island, Maine with her husband and children.
TONY TULATHIMUTTE is the author of the novel Private Citizens, which was named one of the most exciting books of 2016 by Buzzfeed. He has written for VICE, N+1, AGNI, Salon, The New Yorker online, Threepenny Review, and other publications. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Stanford University and has received an O. Henry Award, a Truman Capote fellowship, a MacDowell Colony fellowship, and the Michener-Copernicus Society of America Award.
ROBIN BETH SCHAER is the author of the poetry collection Shipbreaking, which Buzzfeed named one of the 16 Best Poetry Books of 2015 and one of the year’s 24 Best Literary Debuts. Her writing has appeared in Tin House, Paris Review, and Guernica, among others. She teaches writing in New York City, and worked as a deckhand aboard the Tall Ship Bounty, a 180-foot full-rigged ship lost in Hurricane Sandy.
TOMMY “TEEBS” PICO is the founder and editor-in-chief of birdsong, an antiracist/queer-positive collective, small press, and zine that publishes art and writing. He’s the author of absentMINDR (VERBALVISUAL, 2014), the first chapbook app published for iOS mobile/tablet devices, and he was a Queer/Art/Mentors inaugural fellow and 2013 Lambda Literary fellow in poetry. His poems have appeared in BOMB, Guernica, PANK, the Best American Poetry blog, and elsewhere. He also co-curates the reading series Poets With Attitude (PWA) with Morgan Parker. Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now lives in Brooklyn.